Rape ambulance driver fired

2010-10-28 10:54

East London - An Eastern Cape ambulance driver who allegedly raped the mother of a child he was taking to hospital has been fired, the provincial health department said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said the dismissal followed a guilty finding in a disciplinary hearing. The man still faced criminal charges, he said.

The driver was suspended last month after the office of health MEC Phumulo Masualle learned the woman had complained to the department in February, but no action had been taken.

Instead the woman received anonymous calls warning her to drop the complaint. She had been accompanying her sick child in an ambulance from Grahamstown to Port Elizabeth when the alleged rape occurred.

Kupelo also said on Thursday the department had dismissed at least 10 Port Elizabeth ambulance practitioners who had failed to renew their registration with the Health Professions Council.

They were among a group of 325 suspended without pay in April until they were able to provide proof of registration.